On the eve of the convention at which Hillary Clinton is to be confirmed as presidential candidate, the Democratic Party has been plunged into crisis – the US media is brimful of ugly and embarrassing stories from within the party’s head office, all based on 20,000 emails dropped on Friday evening by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
The correspondence seems to confirm allegations by the campaign of defeated Senator Bernie Sanders that the Democratic National Committee was actively rooting for Clinton to win, a revelation that will most likely serve as a wedge between the two camps and make it even more difficult for her to persuade Sanders voters to support her.
The emails also reveal plotting within the DNC to embarrass Republican candidate Donald Trump, including drafting a fake ad to recruit “hot women” to work for him.
The thought occurred to me that if someone hacked Trump’s e-mails they’d find nothing sensational because he publicly tweets his most offensive things anyway 🙂
The leaked emails might also cause embarrassment in some newsrooms around the country because they reveal a close and, at times, too close working relationship with the Democratic Party. In one case, a reporter submitted his story to the DNC for clearance ahead of publication.
UPDATE: The Herald reports:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week’s convention.
The Florida congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favoured Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries.
That prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders to call today for Wasserman Schultz’s immediate resignation.
In a statement, Wasserman Schultz says she still plans to fulfill her duties formally opening and closing the convention in Philadelphia.
Sanders supporters are up in arms, and with justifiable reasons this time. The DNC has been exposed as trying to stop the Sanders campaign.